Taking a break at break!
Is thinking or stressing about work on your break really a break? A stress free zone is an area where employees can disconnect themselves from the hard work so they are able to recharge,relax, socialize and release their stress.
It is important to take breaks every now and then from work as this has an impact on our health and our ability to do productive work. We take breaks but sometimes take our work with us, this is why this concept tries to separate both.
This is a stress free zone inspired by the employees. There are several ways to release stress such as reading, music, painting, drawing, board games, plants, grass carpet etc. Not everyone will have the same level of stress or release it in the same way, by having a wide range of activities will therefore cater for more people.
A simple and effective break can really have an impact on how you spend the rest of your day.
What are the benefits of your concept for the individual and the employer?
-By providing a employee inspired stress free zone they can relax around an environment built around them. They will feel like they are being heard which can motivate them to work harder, resulting in more productivity.
-Employees can meet and socialize with colleague who they may not interactive with during the day, due to working in different departments or just unable to.
-Individuals will have more activities to do during their break and not feel restricted
-The concept is open after working hours, so employees who feel the need to recharge
before they travel home may do so.
-Employers will see a better work rate in employees
What might the impact of your concept be and how might it be measured?
The impact of this concept is to get employees to be more productive, have a good impact on their mental health as well as increasing their social abilities.This concept can be measured in 3 different ways. 1) employees productivity 2) social interaction of employees 3) employees well-being; mood,body language, energy etc. From there a comparison can be made from 'before concept and after' to see how successful the concept is.
How might your concept be designed to scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?
-The concept can be transformed from a indoor to an outdoor concept. This could be just outside and around the workplace. This will result in more people seeing it and asking questions to what is it.
-The concept can have no restriction time, so it is available all the time
-Instead of zones and areas, there could be multiple hubs
How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?
I would experiment the concept on a small scale first. Gathering 8 employees and following the concept method of asking what helps them to relax? calm down? etc. Use a room and start to implement them. Over a week would observe their behavior and see if there has been a change in their productivity, body language and their social abilities. As well having my own record at the end of the experiment a short feedback from the users can help to reflect on the results.